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Old May 1st, 2009, 10:05 PM
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Is it worth it to buy gold jewelry in the gift shops on a cruise or should I go on the islands to get a better deal on gold jewelry?[/b]
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I would say you should buy from the gift shop on a cruise rather than on the islands. That way, it would be easier to return and/or repair an item you purchased. Depending on which cruise line you go on, most, or all will have some form of a warranty added to your purchase. The prices on the ship and at port are usually the same. However, the selection onboard may be limited. If you do decide to purchase jewelery at port, you should only go to the places that have an agreement with the cruise line. I wouldn't recommend shopping at any of the ports. The last time I went into one of the businesses, the salesperson thought she had me at hello, and was pressuring me into buying a watch.
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I always ask myself---do I really need it? The answer is usually ---NO! AND "wait until you return home" as there is a much better deal waiting for you.
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If you plan to shop on a cruise, look for similar items at home before you go just so you have an idea of what is a bargain and what is not. This applies to jewelry, electronics or whatever. We walked in and out of one of those recommended jewelry stores in St. Thomas because my wife has a good feel for what prices are at home.
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Thee was a time when you could get some fantastic deals on the islands, those are long gone. Its always best to have an idea of what these things cost at home first. I'd rather make a big purchase closer to home in case of problems.
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I agree with Donna. The prices aren't that great anymore. In fact, they are sometimes more expensive than at home. And, if you buy at home, it's easier to get a solution if you run into problems. These days, I would never buy luxury goods on a ship or in the islands. Unless you find something inexpensive enough that you can afford to look at it as a great souvenir of your cruise, skip it.
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